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Diverse Discoveries and Inclusive Insights Conference

Breaking Down Barriers Virtual Conference  Championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 30th June 2021  9:30 am - 3:30 pm (UK, Time) Come together with like minded professionals who have a passion to ensure no one is left behind. Hear from organisations who are...
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Representing your Community: engaging with ethnic minority communities

BDB were delighted to work in collaboration with Findacure to support them to deliver their workshop. Representing your Community: engaging with ethnic minority communities which took place over three days for rare disease patient organisations. Check our events page...
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Let’s Talk Training Tour – stopping off at a virtual location near you!

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Making the Unseen Seen – The ARDEnt report is released

  Rare disease and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic   At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic of early 2020, a group of concerned advocates came together to take Action for Rare Disease Empowerment (ARDEnt). The ARDEnt group’s aim was to shed...
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Your ABC of LGBT

The small charities coalition have arranged a LGBT session about how our language makes a difference. Tuesday 2nd February 2021 from 15:00 - 16:00 This short session will explore some of the more common terms used in relation to discussions with and about LGBT...
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Let’s Talk Diversity

We are excited to announce the next stage of our project called ‘Let’s Talk Diversity.’ The films have been launched!! Check them out on our campaign page  At Breaking Down Barriers (BDB) we are always looking for new ways to develop our knowledge and understanding...
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Fact or Fiction? You need to know…

During this Covid-19 pandemic, we are all bombarded with so much news, how do we know what is fact or fiction? It is important that we listen to the facts, so we can make informed choices for ourselves and our loved ones. One area of concern has been about the...
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Get on Board!

Breaking Down Barriers is a network of patient organisations, support groups and community networks working together to develop supportive and inclusive services for individuals and families affected by genetic conditions. Addressing health inequalities is at the...
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Join the BDB Network!

The Breaking Down Barriers project is going from strength to strength, now working with over 40 organisations across the UK. We would now like to offer our services to more organisations and individuals, who would like to make a difference and improve the engagement...
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Genome UK: the future of healthcare

National Genomic Healthcare Strategy published The Government has launched the new National Genomic Healthcare Strategy - "Genome UK: the future of healthcare"  which sets out how the genomics community will come together to harness the latest advances in genetic and...
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Welcome to Breaking Down Barriers

Championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are a network of over 40 organisations working together to improve the lives of families from diverse and marginalised communities, so they have equal access to health services.


Addressing health inequalities is at the centre of what we do: finding ways that health services can be shaped to become inclusive and accessible, and working with families to encourage and support them to access those services.  The Breaking Down Barriers network of organisations, working at a grass roots level, is sharing good practice and exploring new ideas to help educate, empower, and provide an evidence base to promote equity of access to mainstream health services.

The Covid 19 crisis has now starkly highlighted health inequalities in the UK and these are also one of the focuses of  the Black Lives Matter movement. The Breaking Down Barriers network is well placed and committed to contribute our expertise and support to those who are addressing the same challenges and with whom we share a mission.

Health inequalities are not inevitable and can be significantly reduced… avoidable health inequalities are unfair and putting them right is a matter of social justice.’ 

(The Health Foundation, 2020, (onlinehttps://www.health.org.uk/publications/reports/the-marmot-review-10-years-on, accessed on 10.06.20)

Learn more about the Breaking Down Barriers in this short video